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The Celebration of the Christian Mystery

Christ instituted, for our justification, the seven Sacraments, which were foreshadowed in the Old Testament. This course based on Pillar Two of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, provides an overview of the Sacraments in light of their three categories: Sacraments of Initiation, Sacraments of Healing, and the Sacraments at the Service of Communion. Students who complete this course should be able to explain in detail the content of each Sacrament within the context of liturgy and Scripture, and to describe the emphasis that catechesis should place on teaching the communal dimension of the Sacraments.

Course Objective: Based on Pillar Two of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this course will study the Church's sacred Liturgy, with emphasis on the Sacraments. Students should be able to explain the nature and role of the Church's Liturgy especially in relation to the sacraments, and to describe the role of sacramentals for a more effective reception of the sacraments. (Additional objectives can be found at the beginning of each lesson.)